France may be struggling under record unemployment levels, but one company at least is still looking for new staff – thousands of them in fact.
On Friday and Saturday, Disneyland Paris will be holding its 2014 recruitment fair where 8,000 jobs will be up for grabs.
“This event is the ideal occasion to find the employees we need for the summer season and for our development,” said Daniel Dreux, vice-president of Human Resources.
“This year we are planning on recruiting between 6000 – 7000 temporary staff to which we will add 1000 full time permanent employees, which will include 200 under 26 years old and a minimum of 25 seniors,” he added.
As well as being able to speak English and French fluently candidates must have the desire “to interact strongly with the visitors”.
The opening up of the theme park’s new Ratatouille attraction, which will happen in summer, has helped created between 50 and 70 permanent positions.
Disneyland will also use the jobs fair event to hunt out around 1, 500 future interns, half of whom will receive paid placements.
The mass recruitment drive may appear out of context with France’s struggling economy but even since the beginning of the crisis, Disneyland has continued to offer employment opportunities for both temporary and permanent positions.
“We are consistently creating between 250 and 300 new jobs each year,” Dreux told the Figaro.
“This policy goes hand in hand with the increasing spending power of our employees, which has gone up by 14%. We believe that the motivation of our employees is one of the motors for the development of our activity.”
To go along with the fair Disneyland’s has launched its publicity campaign to persuade jobseekers to come on board. It’s titled “making people dream, it’s a profession”.
Disneyland offers expats in France one of the better chances of landing a job. It employs around 15,000 people during the peak season, made up of 100 different nationalities, speaking 20 different languages, across 500 various roles.
“We put emphasis on the importance of mobility and durable career paths. More than 80% of our management staff are recruited internally,” points out Dreux.
The group claims to receive 70 000 spontaneous applications each year. The average length of service for staff is 9 years and 15 for executives.